5 Must Have iPhone Image Effect Apps

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Your iPhone may take great photos, but what if you want to take the images you capture and add an extra artistic touch? As they say, there's an app for that, and we rounded up some of our favorite image effects choices for the iPhone and iPad. Read on to see which image effects apps we use with our iPhones and iPads.

Waterlogue Giving your photos a more artistic feel, say a watercolor look, isn't difficult, but making it look good can be. Waterlogue from Tinrocket nails watercolor effects, and gives you several styles to choose from. It includes 12 watercolor styles, some effect controls, borders for your images, high resolution export, and the ability to share your art via Twitter, Instagram, and more. Waterlogue is priced at $2.99 for the iPhone and iPad.

Waterlogue converts your photos into watercolor artWaterlogue converts your photos into watercolor art

Photoshop Touch Sometimes you need more than filters and effects to get just the image you want, such as merging parts from multiple photos into a single work of art. Photoshop Touch handles that and so much more. It includes several features from Photoshop for the Mac like layers, masks and filters, plus it includes a nice set of tutorials showing you just how the app works. It's priced at $9.99 for the iPad and $4.99 for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Photoshop Touch lets you mix elements from multiple images, and morePhotoshop Touch lets you mix elements from multiple images, and more

Color Splash Converting a photo to black and white and then selectively adding color back in can be a powerful way to draw attention to a part of your images, and Color Splash makes it easy to do. This iPhone app works by converting your image to gray scale, and then letting you use your finger to paint where the original colors should show. You can also adjust the brightness and contrast in your images, and shift the gray tinting to blue or sepia. Color Splash is priced at $0.99.

Selectively show colors in your photos with Color SplashSelectively show colors in your photos with Color Splash

iPhoto Apple's own offering for iPhone and iPad photo enhancement lets you add image effects and play with colors to get just the look you want, but it also offers easy ordering for photo books as well as prints that range from small photos up to posters, and you publish Web Journals for sharing with friends and family, too. What really sets iPhoto apart from other image effects apps is its tight integration with iCloud and easy access to the same photo printing services Apple offers in the Mac version of the app. iPhoto for the iPhone and iPad costs $4.99/

iPhoto for the iPhone and iPad includes plenty of image effects and printing optionsiPhoto for the iPhone and iPad includes plenty of image effects and printing options

The moments we want to capture don't happen only in the daylight which makes Nightcap a great addition to your iPhone photo lineup. The app lets you take slower shutter shots for better night images with less grain. It includes built-in settings to help you get the best shots, but also offers manual shutter speed control for great low light image effects, making your iPhone perform more like a traditional camera. Despite the level of control Nightcap offers, its interface isn't difficult to figure out. Nightcap for the iPhone is priced at $0.99.

Low light photos are easy with NightcapLow light photos are easy with Nightcap

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Gary LearnTech

I totally agree with your inclusion of Waterlogue.  It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but it is capable of the most attractive watercolour-style renderings of your photos.  I’ve been playing with it since the moment it was launched and had a lot of fun with it.  If you’re a little uncertain about this one, take a look at the samples page: http://www.waterlogueapp.com/madewith/

Incidentally, Jeff, your URLs all seem to be broken, resulting in pages whose content is simply “Your request produced an error.  [newNullResponse]”  Stripping off the parameters from the end of the URLs allows them to work.

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